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BLINK Temporary Public Art Opportunities

BLINK Guidelines and Application (PDF)

BLINK is an opportunity for experimental, ad-hoc, temporary works of art to sprout up throughout the community and vanish leaving residents and visitors eager to see what is next. Madison neighborhoods and urban areas are open canvases. The possibilities for creations on open spaces, construction sites, and public parks will provide a glimpse of how the world looks through an artist’s eyes.

You present your idea for a temporary public art project that is modest in cost and is feasible, yet unique, bold and ambitious in impact. MAC reviews your proposal and decides if they want to purchase it for the City's Blink program.

Helpful tips for artists considering pitching their temporary public art projects to MAC:

  1. First identify the location(s) you are considering for your project. Find out what entity (i.e., is it city, state, private property) has jurisdiction over that site. This is legwork/research for you to do. If the site is public property, find out what department has jurisdiction over that spot (i.e., Parks, Streets, Madison Public Library, etc.). You will need permission of the property owner to create your project. While MAC sometimes commits to a Blink project before all necessary permissions are secured, funding is contingent on the artist's ability to secure permission for use of the site.
  2. How does your project fit Blink? Is it Blinky enough? We are looking for high quality, unique, temporary, surprising, placemaking, publicly accessible ephemeral art. We have other ways to fund arts projects through our annual grant fund. If it wouldn't surprise your grandmother if she bumped into it at night, it probably won't impress the panel.
  3. Expect that you will be responsible for all costs associated with the project, including the costs of installation, general liability insurance, permits, fees, deinstallation, site restoration, (some projects may require a licensed engineer to review design) etc. Put those costs into your budget. Blink funding is $1,500. Does your project fit within that budget. If not, talk with the Arts Program Administrator.
  4. Research what regulations, from structural engineering to Disability Access, your project will need to comply with. Do not expect that just because it is "art," it will be exempt from these requirements.
  5. Remember, if MAC funds it, it will become a Blink project and it needs to be identified as such. Your project and all promotional materials will need to display our logo and/or credit language. You are not getting a grant for your project. You are selling MAC a temporary public art project for our art collection. For whatever dates we agree upon (you propose them), the project is a Blink temporary public art project of the City of Madison. We will share images of the work and include the project in our Blink archive (giving credit to the artist).

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